Touching the Lives of Others Every Day with Tyson Crisman, PT – Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

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Tyson Crisman, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director for Encore Rehabilitation – Montgomery East, says, “The best thing about being a physical therapist is being able to touch people’s lives on a daily basis. We have the opportunity to positively affect people’s lives with our care. Sometimes it is with our clinical skills, sometimes it is through our caring attitudes and other times it is with our caring actions.” 

Tyson is no stranger to helping others. He has been a physical therapist for 13 years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for one year.  Recently Tyson added Certified in Dry Needling to his list of treatments he can offer patients.

Tyson continues, “Whether it is a joint mobility that relieves pain, a smile and wave, or a sympathetic acknowledgement of understanding, we have the chance to positively affect every person’s life or day. I pray every day that God helps me to impact everyone that comes to our clinic in a positive manner.” 

Thank you, Tyson, for always helping our patients! Happy Physical Therapy Month!

Columbus Patient of the Month, John Earhart

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Mr. Earhart with Erin Mahony, PTA.

We would like to congratulate our Columbus Patient of the Month, John Earhart! Mr. Earhart came to us with low back and hip pain after having a total hip surgery a few years ago. We have been treating him with physical therapy for 3 months now and he just finished his physical therapy program with us yesterday! He has been a pleasure to work with. His smile and jokes make everyone’s day better and he is always willing to do what is asked of him.



5 Stars for Encore!

We have received a lot of love from our patients over the past couple of months and wanted to share their experiences with you! If you are about to have surgery, are an injured athlete, a workers comp patient, or occupational therapy patient, we would like to share with you a few of our 5 star ratings from Facebook to show you why you should choose Encore for your physical therapy provider. You are our priority!

At age 58, I had PT for the first time in my life on my left knee. I also worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years and had little faith in PT in general. It certainly was a positive experience that I would now recommend to anyone!! I’m not much of a believer in non traditional methods, but Laura started me on Kinesio Tape and oh my god… I just purchased the 2nd roll!!! It’s absolutely amazing to me how this stuff works but I love it!! Thanks for everything Encore PT you guys were great!! – Linda

For once, I truly enjoy going for physical therapy.  – Rhonda

I can not even begin to express and say how much I appreciate y’all and what y’all have done for Payten! Marna, you have been a blessing to me every step of the way and you know I was a basket case in the beginning! LoL I could not even think of Payten being in anyone else’s hands but yours! Gordo is very lucky to have such a wonderful staff of people, Marna, Kodi, & Sammye working with our kids!!! Thank you!! – Sharon

The staff makes rehab fun!! My daughter loved it! She cried when she was done!! She loved her therapists!! – Remona

If you ever need a wonderful, fun, and caring place for physical therapy please give Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana a try. You will be welcomed as though you are family and treated with the upmost respect. – Kathy

Awesome place. Been going there since March and they do a great job. Also, thanks to Mr. Scott for sending me to the hospital when he did. Saved my life. Being very serous bout that… Had a blood clot in my lung and they were very aware of everything. – Gary

These people are great they do good work and they act like they care I been to several places for rehalp but this place beats them all they always ask how you doing like they care thanks to all of you – Benny

Hope goes BEYOND the standard treatment with her knowledge and her genuine care for her patients. I am blessed that God put her in my life! – Jennifer

I wouldn’t choose any other place to go to for rehab. All staff welcome you with a smile, treats you with respect, and shows they care and want you to get better no matter what your injury. I love Encore, and if I could give 10 stars I would!! – Blake

We are blessed to have a Physical Therapist like Adam Powell in our community. I have never met some one with so much compassion for his patients and their recovery!! – Autumn

Greatest place for service. The therapists are all very kind, friendly, knowledgable and genuinely care for their patients. I have been under their care for an ACL tear and each one of the staff has been outstanding. Marc and Brian are definitely top notch professionals as is the rest of the staff. – Jerry

Best ever. If you have to have rehab, do it here!!!! – Barbara

They are the best!!! Over the past 3 years, they have helped Miss McKenzie Matheson with all of her goals and everything. I wouldn’t want her to be getting her therapies anywhere else!!  – Casey

The people at Encore are very nice and helped me recover from multiple pulled muscles etc. I looked forward to Physical Therapy every day when i was injured and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs physical therapy! – Logan

“How to Start a Running Program” by Andrea Bowens, DPT, OCS, Encore Inverness Clinic.

“Happy New Year! Have you made New Year’s resolutions to be more active this year? Do you want to start running and don’t know where to begin? Running has many benefits to your overall health and well-being. First, participating in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise like running, can boost mood, energy, and improve quality of sleep. Secondly, running at a moderate pace not only helps burn calories during exercise but also contributes to an “afterburn” effect, during which the body continues to burn calories for a period of time after the run is completed. Lastly, impactful exercise like running will help to prevent bone loss in the lower extremities, which can be a health concern for older adults.

While there are numerous benefits to exercise, inadequate shoe wear, training, and mechanics can increase your risk for injury. When beginning an exercise program it is important to start by selecting a pair of shoes that is made for your type of foot. Local running shoe stores are a great place to start when trying to determine if you need a shoe with more structure, cushion, or need a specific type of insert due to your foot posture. Additionally, experts in running recommend replacing your shoes every 300-500 miles. Don’t underestimate the value of a good running shoe in keeping you injury free!

The next step to beginning a running program is to ease into the exercise to allow your body to adapt to the new demands. If you are beginning exercise for the first time or after a long break, begin with walking and slowly increase your distance over time. Also, it is beneficial to begin performing strengthening exercises, especially for the core and hips, to help prevent injury caused by weakness or muscle imbalances. Once you have increased your endurance and overall fitness with walking and strength training, your body is now better prepared to begin running. Begin with interval walking and running and then gradually increase the run time and decrease the walk time over the course of several weeks. Once you can run continuously for 20-30 minutes, then it is appropriate to start increasing your distance and then pace. Online resources, such as Runner’s World, have articles and training programs that can help develop a program for you and your running goals. Set realistic goals for yourself so that you can achieve them without suffering a setback due to injury.

Improper running mechanics can lead to injuries in runners over time. Overuse injuries, which occur in both novice and elite runners, can become a nagging problem and often sideline a runner for a period of time. This is where a physical therapist can be of value to you. Physical therapists can evaluate your flexibility, strength, alignment, and movement patterns. A comprehensive evaluation by a physical therapist will help determine factors that may lead to inefficiencies in running form or abnormal mechanics, thus leading to injury. If you do suffer an injury, consider being evaluated by a physical therapist who can devise a program specific to your body and injury. Take caution with performing generic exercise routines found online because there are often other individual factors contributing to an injury. For further reading on injury prevention with running and specific types of running injuries, visit the American Physical Therapy Association’s website for patients at’

Gulf Shores Clinic Athlete of the Month, Connor Kendrick.

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Connor Kendrick is the January Athlete for the month for the Encore Gulf Shores Clinic. Connor is a 22 year old, left handed pitcher for the Tampa Yankees Minor league team and started therapy at Encore for an SI dysfunction. He was a member of the Auburn University baseball team where he was selected by the New York Yankees in the ninth round of the 2013 first-year player draft. Connor only played one season at Auburn, where he went 5-3, with a 2.13 ERA, and a team-high of 75 strikouts in 80, 1/3 innings as a junior.

Gulf Shores Clinic Athlete of the Month, Wade Kornegay.

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Congratulations to the Gulf Shores Encore Athlete of the Month, Wade Kornegay! Wade is a 14 years old, freshman at Gulf Shores High School and a member of the soccer team! During his sport’s off season, he has been coming to Encore for therapy on his ankle and foot that has had weakness/stiffness. He has been improving with his therapy and will be ready to get back in the game by next season! Wade is the son of Eric and Meghan Kornegay. Keep up the good work, Wade!

Stiff back? Here are some stretches you can do to help relieve the pain.

“General Tips for Stretching to Relieve Back Pain

Keep the following in mind when starting a stretching routine as part of a program of back exercises:

  • Wear comfortable clothes that won’t bind
  • Stretching should be pain free; do not force the body into difficult positions
  • Move into the stretch slowly and avoid bouncing, which may actually tear muscles
  • Stretch on a clean, flat surface that is large enough to move freely
  • Hold stretches long enough (20-30 seconds) to allow muscles or joints to become loose
  • Repeat the stretch, generally 5-10 times

If one already has low back pain or neck pain, it is best to check with a physician or physical therapist to discuss whether the following neck, shoulder, and lower back pain exercises should be done.

Back Exercise Stretches

Many back pain patients know the feeling of tension in the back, especially first thing in the morning. These stretching back exercises can help bring back some suppleness and increase mobility, decreasing back pain and discomfort.

Back Flexion Exercise
While lying on one’s back, pull both knees to the chest while simultaneously flexing the head forward until a comfortable stretch is felt in a balled-up position. (See left Figure 8)

Knee to Chest Stretch
While lying on the back with the knees bent and both heels on the floor, place both hands behind one knee and bring it to the chest. (See right Figure 21)”

Source: Ulrich Jr., P. (2999, September 8). Stretching for Back Pain Relief. Retrieved , from

What is a Torn Rotator Cuff and what to expect after Surgery.

“The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and the related muscles that stabilize the shoulder joint and allow you to raise and rotate your arm. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint with three main bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), the collarbone (clavicle), and the shoulder blade (scapula). These bones are held together by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the joint capsule. The rotator cuff helps keep the ball of the arm bone seated into the socket of the shoulder blade.

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon usually involves:

  • Removing loose fragments of tendon, bursa, and other debris from the space in the shoulder where the rotator cuff moves (debridement).
  • Making more room for the rotator cuff tendon so it is not pinched or irritated. If needed, this includes shaving bone or removing bone spurs from the point of the shoulder blade (subacromial smoothing).
  • Sewing the torn edges of the supraspinatus tendon together and to the top of the upper arm bone (humerus).

In open shoulder surgery, a surgeon makes an incision [2 in. (5 cm) to 3 in. (7.6 cm)] in the shoulder to open it and view the shoulder directly while repairing it. A smaller incision can be done with a mini-open procedure that allows the surgeon to reach the affected tendon by splitting the deltoid muscle. This method may reduce your chances of problems from a deltoid injury.

Open-shoulder surgery often requires a short stay in the hospital.

General anesthesia or a nerve block may be used for these types of surgical repair.

Rotator cuff tears can sometimes be repaired with arthroscopic surgery.

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon usually involves:

Discomfort after surgery may decrease with taking pain medicines prescribed by your doctor.

The arm will be protected in a sling for a defined period of time, especially when at risk of additional injury.

*Physical therapy after surgery is crucial to a successful recovery. A rehabilitation program may include the following:

  • As soon as you awake from anesthesia, you may start doing exercises that flex and extend the elbow, wrist, and hand.
  • The day after surgery, if your doctor allows, passive exercises that move your arm may be done about 3 times a day (a machine or physical therapist may help the joint through its range of motion).
  • Active exercise (you move your arm yourself) and stretches, with the assistance of a physical therapist, may start 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. This depends on how bad your tear was and how complex the surgical repair was.
  • Strengthening exercises, beginning with light weights and progressing to heavier weights, can start a few months after surgery.”


William, B., & Timothy, B. (2011, November 11). Rotator Cuff Repair. Retrieved from